Next Meeting: Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Andrews University, Biology Amphitheater, Price Hall Berrien Springs, MI
Meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.
(Every 3rd Tuesday of every month except December)
Normal Meeting sequence is as follows:
- Introduce Visitors.
- Present Specific Club Information (i.e.: dues are due)
- Identify dive events upcoming or planned. (Dives & Road Trips)
- Identify & discuss diving related news important to divers.
- Present any Show & Tell.
- Attendees speak about current diving experiences or lessons learned.
- Open session.
Last Meeting Highlights:
There were 16 in attendance at last month’s meeting, the Treasures report was very positive and approval was given to purchase a new club ice shanty if available at a good price; Several individuals indicated they were going to attend the Shipwreck Festival in Ann Arbor and Our World Underwater in Rosemont; Discussed Ice Dives held on Lake 16; the difference in first stage port sizes for HP & LP hoses; a lost phone in Gravel Lake; discussion on participating in the Midland Baptist Church Sportsman evening on April 23; the upcoming Wolf’s Marine Open House on March 19-20; the limited availability of 30 cu/ft. Pony Bottles available to club members for $109; a reminder to use vegetable oil in the chain saw when cutting ice; and comments on a handout on a 1911 diving suit. (Note: It really wasn’t Mack’s first dive suit as was suggested).
2016 Dive Listing:
March 18-19: Ghost Ships Festival – Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport Hotel, Milwaukee, WI.
March 19-20: Wolf’s Marine Open House – Great Sale on Scuba Gear
Organize a dive and paste it on the Facebook MUD club site.
Thrill of the Chill:
Thirsty Thursdays will begin March 31. Though the water is less hard than last month it is still very chilly for most wet suiters so remember that the Club changing shed and heater that are available for pickup with prior arrangement.
Come on down and join the fun on Thirsty Thursdays. All divers greatly appreciate “everyone” who comes and provides support for the activity. Dives can be labor intensive and “many hands make light work”. The gathering afterward for food and diving discussions are just about as much fun as the dive itself. J
Check out these dive shops that Muddy Divers use:
iDiveMi., Cheboygan, MI (http://www.idivemi.com/northern-michigan-dive-center)
Have you PRACTICED how you would respond to an underwater emergency?
Divers Corner: Tips for Easier Scuba Diving
- Invest in Equipment You Can Depend On: Do not break the bank, but you don’t want to skimp either. The most common phrase that applies to buying a Life Support System is to “Get the best gear that you can reasonably afford.”
- Regulators: The most important piece of equipment a diver uses are their scuba regulator. We want as high performance as we can get. This insures that it will fit a wide variety of applications and requirements for different locations and conditions. A regulator that works well in both warm and cold water and in deep and shallow water will cover all of a diver’s bases for years to come without needing to invest in a new one as the diver’s skill level increases.
- Alternate Air Sources: Have either an octopus or pony bottle setup available in the rare instance that a buddy runs low on or out of air.
- Relax while You Dive: An excited attitude can lead to rapid arm movements and fin kicking which in turn causes rapid breathing and depletion of air supply. On the way down, divers should maintain neutral buoyancy, and once on the bottom, check their gauges and signal each other.
- Properly Weight Yourself for the area You are in: When diving in a new area, do a weight/buoyancy check with the equipment you’re going to use. Avoid being either over weighted or under weighted.
- Buoyancy Control: Before entering the water fill your BC enough to float at the surface before descent. During the descent, maintain slightly negative buoyancy for a controlled descent, and at your desired depth, establish neutral buoyancy.
- Adjust Your Equipment Properly: Properly adjust your equipment before you even get in the water. Be sure that all straps are not twisted, quick-releases are shut and snug but not restrictive. Be sure you have easy access to pockets and D-ring storage.
- Don’t Exceed the limitations of YOUR skills or equipment: There is a wide diversity of conditions that you can find yourself in. From warm-water shallow reefs with little current to icy Northern waters with raging currents, and everything in between. Without the proper equipment and training, you can find yourself in a stressful and possibly dangerous position so be sure that You are ready for what MAY occur.
- Dive with People You know: Insure the objectives of your dive will run parallel with that of your buddy and will not cause friction between goals during the dive. Dive as a team.
- Find Specialties You Like: Take courses for skills beyond the basics. Continuing your skills development can help you enjoy diving immensely.
- Take Your Time: A relaxed and methodical approach to the dive from gearing up to gearing down will insure that nothing or no one is forgotten or left behind.
- Learn to use Hand Signals: It is critical to be able to communicate coherently with one another. Hand signals are the easiest way and they can be recognized from a distance in clear water.
Remember: Do not take unnecessary chances, if in doubt, DON’T – Be safe out there!